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#1 OFFLINE   dlt4

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:08 PM

I live in Florida, but follow the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last night at 10PM the guide showed that MLB Network would be showing either Boston at Anaheim, or Colorado at Arizona. I was of course hoping I would get to see the Arizona game, but it instead both games were blacked out.

 

Can anybody explain to me why that was?

 

 


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:29 PM

I live in Florida, but follow the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last night at 10PM the guide showed that MLB Network would be showing either Boston at Anaheim, or Colorado at Arizona. I was of course hoping I would get to see the Arizona game, but it instead both games were blacked out.

Can anybody explain to me why that was?


Both were blacked out? That's unusual. You should get one and only one of the games. Either on the main channel or on the alternate. And exception happens if both games involve local teams but it looks like neither did.

I assume you checked both channels?
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:29 PM

Sounds like a mistake. As to which game you should have gotten, I have no idea, could have gone either way. Id lean towards Boston-Angels because Boston is a divisional rival of the Rays.



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:42 PM

Both were blacked out? That's unusual. You should get one and only one of the games. Either on the main channel or on the alternate. And exception happens if both games involve local teams but it looks like neither did.

I assume you checked both channels?

 

I didn't have the alternate channel in my favorites list, so I forgot about it. I will change that today. Thanks for the suggestion.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 01:46 PM

Sounds like a mistake. As to which game you should have gotten, I have no idea, could have gone either way. Id lean towards Boston-Angels because Boston is a divisional rival of the Rays.

 

Thats' what I was expecting also. As tonyd79 suggested, I will check the alternate channel, even though the game was showing in the guide on 213.


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Posted 07 July 2013 - 02:02 PM

Thats' what I was expecting also. As tonyd79 suggested, I will check the alternate channel, even though the game was showing in the guide on 213.


Yeah. The guide data for MLB sucks. It is the same on every provider I've ever seen. You'd think they'd get it cleaned up but they always show an or condition. On cable systems, you get what you get. On satellite, you have to check both channels. While the game is on.
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:25 PM

You'd think they'd get it cleaned up but they always show an or condition.


...or at least let everyone in on the "secret" of which game is going to be seen in which parts of the country.
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Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:40 PM

...or at least let everyone in on the "secret" of which game is going to be seen in which parts of the country.

That's only half the problem for satellite since the guide data never says which channel is which. The main always says one game OR the other and the alternate just says "alternate programming" which may be a game (of they are doing two, which they usually do) or other stuff if there is only one game going on (like the Nats on the Fourth of July).

It would be a big help to cable customers, though.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:01 PM

Access to fresh goat entrails is rather limited these days, it is tough for folks at home to have any way of divining what game going to be on.

 

Maybe Psychic Friends Network could set up either accurate listings on a website, or broadcast highlights of the game live ??

 

 

 

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:12 PM

http://mlb.com/netwo.../July_Games.jsp

The schedule on MLB Network's site denotes the primary and alternate games. On DIRECTV the alternate games are on 214-1 (HD). You can usually watch the primary game, unless your local team is playing. In that case, the alternate game should be available.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 12:12 AM

http://mlb.com/netwo.../July_Games.jsp

The schedule on MLB Network's site denotes the primary and alternate games. On DIRECTV the alternate games are on 214-1 (HD). You can usually watch the primary game, unless your local team is playing. In that case, the alternate game should be available.



The regionalization is more complex than that. if it is a showcase game (one where MLB Network sends their own announcers), you get the primary game unless your local team is broadcasting. For the other games, all bets are off, MLB N will usually show the game of most natural interest to your region, such as a division rival to your local team.

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 03:30 PM

Which would be ok, I guess, if they would just tell us in advance which one. Instead you either have to watch live at the beginning or take your chances on recording a black screen.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:14 AM

Which would be ok, I guess, if they would just tell us in advance which one. Instead you either have to watch live at the beginning or take your chances on recording a black screen.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

I would guess that most people watch sports live, so that shouldn't be an issue.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:53 PM

I would guess that most people watch sports live, so that shouldn't be an issue.

 

Yes, but then it is still an issue since we get people like the OP who miss a game because of bad guide data and confusion. And even if you watch sports live only, you still want to plan what you are going to watch. May make a difference if I am thinking of renting a movie or going out.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:07 PM

I would guess that most people watch sports live, so that shouldn't be an issue.

It is to me. I don't watch live, I like to zip thru the commercials, the pitching changes and the talking heads. I DVR all my sports so it's an issue for me.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:51 PM

It is to me. I don't watch live, I like to zip thru the commercials, the pitching changes and the talking heads. I DVR all my sports so it's an issue for me.

 

You are in a small minority though. That's why sports are so valuable to the networks - the vast majority of viewers are live, and thus have to sit through the commercials.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:06 AM

You are in a small minority though. That's why sports are so valuable to the networks - the vast majority of viewers are live, and thus have to sit through the commercials.

 

I'd bet that Wingnut is in the majority among DVR owners.

 

TJ- Do you have any cites to confirm what you assert? Any studies or statistics? You may well be right on the majority, but how vast that is may be in question! 


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

I'd bet that Wingnut is in the majority among DVR owners.
 
TJ- Do you have any cites to confirm what you assert? Any studies or statistics? You may well be right on the majority, but how vast that is may be in question! 



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The Journal reports that nearly all sports content is watched live — an important point for cable providers that now have to compete with the likes of Hulu and Netflix. Sports programming is one of the few holdouts tying viewers to their television sets, and until it's broadly available online, it may be one of the best ways for cable providers to prevent viewers from cutting the cord.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:32 PM

Thanks. Looks like the Houston people say they're quoting the WSJ, but I can't access the original article without subbing. The article also states that 4% watch sports. That's a figure I can't believe, even if printed in the WSJ.


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